By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County, Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Baby’s Optimal Nutrition with Ultimate Support (BONUS) programs will be participating in several community and family friendly events planned throughout the county as part of National Breastfeeding Month in August. Events will include a resource fair, Milk Bank drives, and “The Global Big Latch On” all being organized by the Inland Empire Breastfeeding Coalition (IEBFC).
“Breastfeeding is the best way of protecting both infants and mothers from a great number of health conditions and diseases, and builds a foundation for life-long health and well-being,” stated Maxwell Ohikhuare MD, Health Officer for San Bernardino County. “Many medical and health organizations recommend breastmilk for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding for at least the first year of a child’s life.”
Both the WIC and BONUS programs encourage and provide breastfeeding support, which helps to remove difficulties that mothers might experience when they try to breastfeed. Breastfeeding supports the County Wide Vision of improving health and promoting wellness in the community.
Events are scheduled throughout the Inland Empire to promote the importance of breastfeeding for all babies, especially premature and at-risk infants.
For more information about these events or the BONUS program, please call 909-388-5668. For the WIC program, please call 909-252-5170 or 1-800-472-2321. Click here for other Public Health programs and services.